Author Archives: Jeremy N. Carman

Child Upbringing in Vietnam

Social trends

Since the Vietnamese have large joint families, it is very common for a new born to grow up with parents along with grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. Traditionally the Vietnamese do not believe in the concept of a nuclear family. Hence maintaining discipline while raising a child is an integral part of the social Vietnamese norm. The child must learn to obey not only their parents but all elderly family members as well. The child must also learn to care for the family and respect family values and traditions. Interpersonal relationships and obligation towards the family are the prime values which are embedded in their minds by the parents, since their early childhood. It can be said that comparatively to any other part of the world, children in a typical Vietnamese family is bred up in a more orthodox way, where it is a social compulsion for them to obey their elders and put family values as the foremost concern in their lives instead of their own selves. read more

Child Bearing in Vietnam

The Vietnamese society usually believes in having a large family. But with urbanization this belief has ceased to exist. As Vietnam is one of the most populated countries in the world, a lot of couples restrict their family to two children at the most.

Child Bearing

Bearing a child marks a significant change in the pregnant woman’s life. There are certain restrictions, customs and traditions the mother to be has to follow, which are common in any part of the world. These would include food restrictions and drink restrictions and certain local beliefs that needs to followed. read more

The Best Places to Study in India for International Students

Increasingly, students from around the world are flocking to India to study. In the past few years, campuses and universities in India have attracted growing interest from foreign students because of the quality of education being offered and the fact that education in India is very affordable compared to the costs in the West.

Indian universities and educational institutions are climbing up the ladder of success and being ranked higher in global ranking surveys. Moreover, Indian universities are gradually beginning to embrace international curriculum and credit rating systems to ensure that their degrees are in no way lesser to those being offered around the world. read more

Moving to Taiwan: What Expats Should Know

Just off the east coast of China, Taiwan is a bustling sovereign state with a thriving economy. Moving to Taiwan might be a great move for your career but you will have to adjust to a whole new way of life. Taiwan’s culture is very similar to that of Mainland China’s and you will have to careful weigh out what you say and do when you first arrive. Here are a few things that you need to know when you move to Taiwan.

The face

Like China, upholding a person’s dignity and not causing loss of face is extremely important in Taiwanese culture. Especially in the work scenario, it is important that you not lose your cool. If you need to communicate your dissatisfaction over something, it is best you do it in private and carefully measure out your words. For your work to move smoothly, you will have to ensure that you respect this aspect of Taiwanese culture. read more

Life Lessons You Children Can Learn from India

Multi-faceted India can offer plenty of lessons to onlookers and can be an eye-opener. India offers a myriad of experiences – the good, the bad and the downright ugly.  Young children, especially, can pick up a few critical life lessons while in India. Here are a few lessons you little ones can learn from their life in India.

Celebrating diversity

Few other countries in the world can offer the diversity that India does. You will see diversity in practically everything. From religion to people to languages to cuisine, India is a land of plentiful choices. And while there have been roadblocks, Indians have managed beautifully to accept each other’s choices and live, for the most part, in harmony. Every day in India is a celebration of its diversity and most Indians go out of their way to ensure that this peaceful co-existence is never broken. read more

How to Deal With Culture Shock in India

The Indian Subcontinent is a vastly diverse place that’s made up of many cultures and a variety of people. Foreigners who travel to India, especially those making their first trip, are usually unsure of what to expect and are taken aback by the enormous cultural difference they encounter the minute they set foot in the country. India can be exasperating but if you give it a chance it can be endearing as well. Here’s how you can deal with the obvious cultural differences when you travel to India: read more

Getting your Child Ready for School in Taiwan

Traditionally Taiwanese parents never interacted with teachers but now they play an active role in assisting teachers to enable all around development of their children. Elders in the family act as role models for children and parents are regarded as trusted advisors till they become adults. With changing societal regulations about raising children, Taiwan parents are also encouraging children to indulge in creative skills and sports for all round development.  As an expatriate parent you have to help your child to become more culturally diverse and open to new ideas and language. read more

All you Need to Know to Raise a Child in Taiwan

The ideal way to understand any culture is to observe the way they raise their children and educate them. If you are an expatriate in Taiwan then your child has the advantage of growing up as a multilingual. Though parenting is strict, children grow up in more amicable surroundings at home than in school and are more comfortable with parents than grandparents who are stricter. Since children in Taiwan are expected to be obedient to parents and other senior family members and obey them without any argument which is regarded as a sign of discipline. Taiwan is a well developed city, tourists and expatriate workers are likely to find all childcare products. read more

Language Acquisition in a Foreign Country: Malaysia

If you have just got the news that your company is transferring you to Malaysia and you are panicking about the differences, language and culture, stop. Yes, English is not the native language of Malaysia but English is spoken by many due to Malaysia’s popularity as a tourist destination. So, if you do get lost chances are you will find a friendly English speaking local to guide you on your way.

Learn the local language

You can also boost your ability to get around and make friends by learning the local language. The national language of Malaysia is known as Bahasa Melayu or Malay but you will hear other languages such as Since Malaysia is so diverse, there are also many other languages (Asian) and dialects Cantonese, Hainanese, Hokkien, Hakka and Teochew are the main Chinese dialects with Telegu, Tamil,Punjabi, Malayalam, Hindi, Gujarati and Urdu being some common India languages. You can add any of these languages to your skill set to make your move easier. read more

Kid-friendly Places in Major Cities in Singapore

The tiny island country of Singapore is one of the most family friendly destinations in Asia. The country setup has wide pavements that great to push around babies in strollers or buggies. It has many kid friendly places to visit. Some of these places will also enchant and delight adults. Here are five must see children attractions in Singapore:

Night Safari

Go on a night safari through the park that has no cages. Animals roam around freely in their natural habitats. The tram ride takes you through three different habitats rainforest, savannah and jungle. It is a chance to see nocturnal animals that are hidden or asleep during the day. This safari is also a chance to get a glimpse at some endangered exotic species. It is an attraction that is sure to delights both children and adults. read more

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